Wednesday, March 29, 2006



A random word when people either don't know what to say, don't care, can't answer a question or are too drunk to form a coherent english phrase.

What a different culture we live in here in Australia...

I am referring to the recent activation of the WorkChoices legislation. There are many examples from around the country of sackings for no reason and more stories of sacking full time staff and rehiring straight away on lower casual rates. The IR reforms that have been put in place are allowing employers to be all powerful in the workplace and of course that power will cause some people to be taken advantage of.

Over in France there is a proposal in parliament at present to increase incentives for businesses to hire people under 26 years of age, but the changes will also make it easier to fire people under 26 years of age. The French people have gotten really pissed off about this. The changes aren't even as wide ranging as Howard's IR reforms and there are riots. The only thing Aussies seem to riot about recently is some lebbo going to the beach or some kid killing himself while getting chased by police (nevermind he was a serial offender).

Do people actually care about this? Or are they so scared they might lose their jobs or rock the economic boat so interest rates will go up and take their over-extended mortgage over their heads they just keep their mouth shut and mutter under their collective breath when Howard or their boss fucks them up the arse once again? Or are they happy with their lot and think that nothing will happen to them?

Then again they could be drunk...


Tom said...

Well so far my employment is safe. But being a white collar worker in a highly technical field isn't the best comparison to the majority of people that work in semi- or unskilled positions.

Now those people can get done over by bosses a lot more freely without there being anything they could do about.

Except riot.

Nick said...

I know there are some issues with the reforms put in place but from a small business owners perspective it makes it easier to find the right people to employ. It gives the owner the power to replace a not-so-good employee as well which has really been difficult in the past. We are all aware of the co-worker who is employed but hardly does bugger all and they really get a free ride because it has been so difficult to get rid of them without the threat of legal action.

Some of the changes are good, some bad and I agree that a lot of the blue collar workers are the ones that will be affected the most. Only time will tell if they are good or bad.

riss said...

I think a lot of people don't know what the new IR reforms are all about, some workers probably are unsure about where they stand and at the moment think they won't be affected.

Like Nick said, only time will tell to see how things pan out. I only hope people don't go down the violent path.